The Knife Of Never Letting Go | Patrick Ness | Book Review

My first time reading Patrick Ness was when I picked up A Monster Calls a few years ago. The author’s name did ring a bell but I couldn’t quite place it. After reading TKONLG, I realised that the same author wrote Release and A Monster Calls (both books that I adore). It’s funny that I could forget his name! I would call him unforgettable because he wrote an amazing Doctor Who spin-off called Class (if you didn’t know, I’m a massive Whovian).

Enough about the author; on to the good stuff. This book was such a good one to pluck me from a reading slump. The whole reason I was in the slump was because I couldn’t find a good book. The Knife Of Never Letting Go was so amazing! The writing style takes a few chapters to get used to. It is written in first person by the main protaganist, Todd. It was really interesting to see his character develop, because his spelling mistakes become fewer as the book progresses. The spelling mistakes did trigger me at first and sometimes that throws me off a book. However, the action started from word one and I was really intrigued.

This book takes many twists and turns. Like in every good book, the ending is always too abrupt (not in a bad way, but things took a turn in the last few pages and you are not prepared!). I’m very excited to read the next book in this series but I just can’t bear what will happen. I know it will be heart-breaking.

I do not want to spoil you so the cause of my tears will be remain unsaid. But there were a lot. 

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I really enjoyed the part that Noise played in the book. There were various fonts to convey it’s persistence and volume. It made every villain more evil and everything was on a new emotional level. Todd could hear what everyone was thinking (what an Edward Cullen moment) except for all of the women (anymore Twilight vibes people?) because his town, Prentisstown, was home to only males. Todd was the only male that hadn’t grown into a man yet. He was still considered a boy and he was the last one in his town.

The men believed that Noise was a disease that killed all of the women. There are lots of sexist themes throughout this book (not from the author’s standpoint, but the politcal opinion in Prentisstown). This was a really interesting combination of science-fiction/dystopia/poetry. I know that sounds a bit crazy, but the Noise element of this book felt like a was reading a poem.

I’m sorry that this book review is all over the place. The point is that I really recommend that you read it! Once you have, or if you have, please discuss your thoughts in the comments below. I am always up for a book driven conversation!

Have you ever read this book? What did you think about the Noise element?

Have a lovely day,

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“Then, just one month away from the birthday that will make Todd Hewitt a man, he unexpectedly stumbles on a spot of complete silence. Which is impossible. And now he’s going to have to run.”

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A Court Of Thorns And Roses | Sarah J Mass | Book Review

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This book was my first delve into high fantasy. Now, I love this genre so much. I don’t know why Sarah J Mass is unpopular because I absolutely loved this book. Hopefully the next two books in this trilogy will be just as good: I strongly dislike when the prequels are a let down! (Divergent, for example).

This book was a bit slow moving because of all the adjectives and detailed description. Yet I loved ACOTAR for that reason. It was so beautifully written and the characters were interesting too. I thought, at first, that Elian and Nesta were going to be like the ugly stepsisters – especially with Feyre doing so much work for the family. I was glad to find out that they were better than that. Sarah J Mass is great at character development – at least in some areas (I don’t think Wilan had much complexity but I still liked him).

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I didn’t know what to expect from this novel and the corny cover threw me off slightly: “She stole a life. Now she must pay, with her heart” It sounded a bit cheesy but I was thrilled! I cannot recommend this book enough to any new fantasy lovers. After Six Of Crows, I didn’t know what to read next. I really want to get into the fantasy genre and book tuber A Clockwork Reader always has plenty to recommend, though I do not want my TBR to get too overwhelming.

Are there any fantasy novels I should read? What is your favourite genre?

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Dystopian Fiction & Under-Developed Characters

Have you ever read any dystopian novels?

My most recent delves into Dystopia were 1984 (George Orwell) and Flawed (Cecelia Ahern). I read them both on the same day and they were so different to each other!

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Flawed is Ahern’s debut novel. It was a good retelling of persecution in 50s America. The problem here is that I don’t think that was what the novel was meant to come across as. The idea is that everyone is pure until they do something against the morals of the government. Things like playing music or reading old English literature (similar to the delirium trilogy, if you have read those). If you are caught doing something like that, you will be taken away by the ‘police’. There’s a small, unfair trial before you go through a branding process. If you crime is bad, your brand will be more noticeable to the public. If it is less so, it will be somewhere you can hide it. I don’t want to spoil anything for you, but the synopsis sums up the book anyways (I hate blurbs like that).

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The branding is like wearing St David’s star or a white feather. It’s something people look at immediately recognise you as ‘inferior’. These Flawed people have separate seats on buses and different schools. It’s exactly like segregation.

The main protagonist is arrested for helping a Flawed person. You follow her story as she struggles with being imperfect. The characters are not well developed which is what lets me down. If the characters were more interesting, I think this would be a great book. The plot is very good if you separate it from the protagonists!

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I also read 1984, but is there really much to say? It’s an amazing example of literature.

Have you read either of these books? What are you thoughts?

I hope you have a really good day,

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My First Time Reading Rainbow Rowell | Ft. Fangirl & Disappointment

I’m sorry to be pessimistic, but ‘Fangirl’ was a let-down. I enjoyed all the characters (Cath was especially relatable, if we minus the fact she was obsessed with fan-fiction) but the plot wasn’t really there. I don’t personally understand the pressure of having an older, more popular twin. Though, I have read many books which have this concept as the main idea.

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Having the awkward romance situation made it more enjoyable. I feel a tiny bit sorry for Reagan and I also am getting the vibes that Levi is a player. The chemistry between Cath and Levi is undeniable but Reagan surely must have had some connection to have had such long-term relationship with him.

I wasn’t interested in Carry On (Cath’s fan fiction) and I’m so disappointed that Cath, Wren and Levi aren’t in the ‘sequel’. Simon and Baz were an exact recreation of Draco and Harry. It didn’t seem very original.

Should I write in past or present tense for these book reviews? I’m so confused.

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I was disappointed by this book because I’d heard so many good things about it. It was also my first ever time reading Rainbow Rowell. If I went into this with no expectations, I wouldn’t have come out being so disappointed.

Fangirl is a cute and cozy read but there’s no plot to it: a few family mishaps and a little bit of anger. If you are a romantic, this may be for you. However, it was just too cliché for me.


We all have books that let us down and I really want to share these opinions with you. Not every book you pick up is going to be good. Just push through it! Leaving it half-done might mean leaving a good ending (we all know classics have slow starts, but they get better by the end).

Have you ever read Rainbow Rowell? Have you written fan fiction in the past?

I hope you have an amazing day and that no books let you down!

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Turtles All The Way Down | Anxiety, OCD & Book Review

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I’ve just finished another John Green book!

I didn’t read the synopsis of Turtles All the Way Down before going into it. I’ve never done this with a book before, but I quite enjoyed being blind. From the first few pages, I gathered that the main protagonist suffered from severe anxiety and OCD. Though I do not understand the conditions much, the book explained as much as I needed to know. This book brings awareness to mental health conditions without glamourising it. The story is told from the standpoint of Aza, an anxious teenager. Lots of people on social media these days talk about their ‘anxiety’. I understand that some people use the platform to express their problems, but sometimes it’s just a self-diagnosis. I think it is very offensive to claim you have a disorder when you don’t. It can often be stress: which is a daily experience for most people (sadly).

Sorry, I just went off on a tangent.

Back to the review: I think that this book is a realistic insight into the mental health issue, though I cannot say for sure. If any of you have anxiety, would you explain it similarly to this book?

The characters were all so well-written. I loved travelling down Aza’s spirals of thoughts. I’m sure that this relates to the cover, with having a downward spiral.

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You may think the title is random, but your question will be answered: why is it called Turtles All The Way Down? It was one of my questions before I even had my hands on it.

The first paragraph begins with Aza eating a peanut butter and honey sandwich. The same ‘flavour’ sandwich is introduced in the middle and the end. Isn’t that brilliant? Green certainly knows his cyclical structures. Good job.

I very happily finished this book in one sitting. I hope to read again, sometime, and discover things that I missed the first time! What about you?

Have you read any of John Green? Do you think you will read TATWD?

 

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